January Beacon 2020

 

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.

John 1:1-3

 

It’s Christmas! 

 

Yes it is! We often forget that Christmas is 12 days - not one. So “Happy, Blessed Christmas!”  It’s also a new year - where does the time go?

 

The first part of John is all about Jesus. It also feeds into the Holy Trinity. It says that Jesus, as part of the Trinity, was one with God from the beginning of time. Jesus didn’t just all of a sudden show up as a baby in the manger. Through Jesus, God decided to become one  of us; to walk with us, to teach us, and work with us, that we might learn what the kingdom of God could look like.

 

And yet, God still gives us free will to make these decisions for ourselves. It would have been a whole lot easier if God had never given us these choices. But God wants us to strive for the kingdom out of our love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Out of love.

 

“All things came into being through Him, and without Him not one thing came into being.”  I find it helpful to expand my concept of Christ to remember that again, everything that is created came through Him.The three-in-one have been together from the beginning of time, and have worked together to give us this world, this life. And that’s’ why Jesus is important - He is one with God and the Spirit, and continues to show us the kingdom that is best for us - God’s kingdom.

 

It is a new year. It is also a new day. Yes, it’s still Christmas, but our challenge is to enjoy the season while remembering the mission that we share. 

 

Peace in the new year - May we keep Jesus in all that we do!

Pr. Wendy

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